Cartier is a brand perhaps better known for jewellery than horology, and certainly more aligned to the tastes of the fairer sex. But the luxury French maison crafted its first men’s watch in 1904 when founder Louis Cartier designed an aviator’s watch for his friend, Brazilian flyer A...
POSTED 31 Oct, 2016 0 Comments
For most of its history, Tudor stood in the shadow of sibling super-brand Rolex. Even the name was decidedly non-Swiss – being chosen to honour the Tudor period of England and thus adopting a Tudor rose, and later a shield, as its emblem. Tudor was positioned as mainstream, more affordabl...
POSTED 25 Oct, 2016 1 Comment
John, George, Paul, Ringo – and Raymond? That'd be Swiss luxury watchmaker Raymond Weil, which has long linked its name to musicians and composers, beginning with an Amadeus line in 1983. More recent pieces have celebrated artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Bob Dylan&hell...
POSTED 19 Oct, 2016 0 Comments
Taking flight at this year’s annual SIHH Geneva watchfest, IWC's Mark XVIII – or, more simply put, the '18' – is the latest generation of what was once famously described as “every non-pilot’s favourite pilot’s watch.” No preening pretender, the Mark X...
POSTED 14 Oct, 2016 3 Comments
Few timepieces are as iconic as the Reverso, nor as durable. Despite a storied 85 years since its creation in 1931, its rectangular form has seen scores of editions, re-editions and re-imaginings from luxury Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, without ever straying from its timeless design. Th...
POSTED 30 Sep, 2016 4 Comments
TAG Heuer's 2016 Heuer Monza commemorates the 40th anniversary of the original Heuer Monza, issued in 1976 to celebrate Niki Lauda's victory in the 1975 F1 World Championship. Lauda’s victory was sealed on the track at Monza in his team’s new 312T Ferrari, of which the Swiss watchm...
POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 0 Comments
TECHNOLOGY | At first blush Apple’s second-gen smartwatch seems less Watch 2 than Watch 1.5, but the Cupertino tech titan is hoping the Watch 2 will prove to be more than the sum of its incremental upgrades. Revealed overnight alongside the iPhone 7, Apple's 'Watch 2 Series' will land...
POSTED 8 Sep, 2016 0 Comments
The Navitimer is Breitling's cornerstone chronograph and a perennial go-to when special editions are called for. And with Breitling partnering with Swiss to become the airline's 'Official On-Board Timekeeper' and Swiss looking for a unique way to celebrate the debut of its new flagship...
POSTED 18 Mar, 2016 5 Comments
Can a Swiss watchmaker beat Apple in the luxe smartwatch stakes? Tag Heuer believes so, teaming up with tech heavyweights Google and Intel to create its new Connected wristwear line. But you'd have to look twice, and then a few times more, to realise this is a US$1,500 smartwatch rather than one...
POSTED 11 Nov, 2015 6 Comments
TRAVEL TECH | There's a new wave of non-Apple smartwatches heading our way, with a clutch of shiny models unveiled at Berlin’s recent IFA consumer electronics show. Among them: the Swiss-inspired Huawei Watch to please traditionalists, a limited edition gold LG Watch Urbane Luxe for t...
POSTED 16 Sep, 2015 3 Comments
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